Abbey Road Studios was named 2018 Studio of the Year at the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Awards this week.
The prestigious award came after a pivotal year for Abbey Road which has seen its biggest transformation since opening 86 years ago. In 2017 Abbey Road added to the legendary Studios One, Two and Three with the addition of:
• two new studios designed to make the magic of Abbey Road more accessible to emerging artists. The Gatehouse and the Front Room are two smaller rooms built into the fabric of the facility and retaining the same creative vibe as the rest of the building. They have already played host to JP Cooper, Jess Glynne, James Bay, Skrillex, Ben Howard, Nao, Mura Masa and Kelela as well as grime MCs Novelist and Jammer BBK, and legends like Nile Rodgers and Noel Gallagher.
• A Mix Stage for film sound post production that is Dolby Atmos® Premier accredited and IMAX audio compatible, extending Abbey Road’s iconic film score business with the ability to create the final sound mix, blending the score, sound effects and dialogue. It has already won the ‘Best New Audio Facility’ award from Resolution magazine.
• A new production suite The Garage – home to new Abbey Road residents Neighbourhood Management and their roster, including the much-tipped Dave.
Isabel Garvey, Abbey Road Studios’ MD says: “We are honoured and thrilled to have won Studio of the Year at the MPG Awards. Last year was a transformative year for Abbey Road with the launch of three new studio spaces making the Studios more accessible to all artists. The award, therefore, comes at a hugely relevant moment for us.
“Abbey Road Studios would not be what it is without the amazing recording, mixing and mastering engineers, technical team and all the staff who work so hard to make Abbey Road the magical inspirational creative place that it is. I am humbled every day by the talent we have in this wonderful building - this award is theirs.”
Assistant Engineer Paul Pritchard with the award
Last year the main studios hosted recordings by Liam Gallagher for this album As You Were, Florence + The Machine, Mabel and Stefflon Don among many others. Abbey Road remains one of the leading destinations for recording award-winning scores, with 2017 repertoire including Alien:Covenant, Baby Driver, and Black Panther.
Among other highlights, Abbey Road has continued to support the endeavours of music makers of all levels of experience, all over the world with:
• the launch of Abbey Road’s first app – Topline – a free app to capture song ideas while on the go, designed with emerging songwriters and producers from across London.
• enhanced online services, whereby anyone anywhere in the world can have their track mixed and mastered by Abbey Road’s award-winning mixing and mastering engineers
• new audio products such as the award-winning REDD Microphone – a $4,500 product receiving consistent acclaim from artists, producers and studios, plus 10 out of 10 reviews – and the ground-breaking Abbey Road Vinyl Plugin.
Creatively, Abbey Road appointed legendary photographer Jill Furmanovsky as Abbey Road’s ‘artist in residence’. Jill has an incredible history with the studios, capturing iconic moments with Pink Floyd in the 1970s and Oasis in the 1990s. As part of this new role, Jill has photographed orchestral sessions as well as Mura Masa, Nile Rodgers, Novelist, DJ Yoda, JP Cooper, Royal Blood and Noel Gallagher.
The Abbey Road Shop continues to be a focal point for the 500k visitors to the zebra crossing, with new product ranges being introduced – from a unique collaboration with The Beatles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper to a new interpretation of the 1972 Abbey Road logo.